November 4, 2010
Part 3: Here are some categories that might have made your Division Avenue High School yearbook even more interesting
click on photo of Jerry Jewell to enlarge it
Wouldn't it have been fun to have voted on the following?
Most likely to urinate in a Levittown swimming pool:
Most likely to be yelled at by football coach Jerry Jewell:
Most likely to be teacher's pet:
Most likely to become a member of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame:
Most likely to walk around with his fly open:
Most likely to know the most Italian curse words:
Most likely to become a nun:
Least likely to become a nun:
Most likely to play hookie:
Most likely to become a Walmart greeter:
By Bill Stanley, class of 1960
AS FOR WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY CLIMB THE AZALEA ROAD WATER TOWER, I WOULD HAVE TO NOMINATE BOB ROMANDI FROM LEVITTOWN MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS UP THERE WITH HIM WITH SEVERAL OTHER FRIENDS WHEN THE COPS SHOWED UP AND ORDERED US TO COME DOWN. ALL OF US DID EXCEPT BOB, CAUSING THE COPS TO GO UP AND GET HIM. THEY HAD TO GET A COUPLE OF COPS UP THERE BECAUSE HE KEPT RUNNING AROUND THE RIM WHEN ONLY ONE COP WAS UP THERE.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE COPS WEREN’T TOO HAPPY WITH HIM AND HE WAS ARRESTED. (MAYBE, BOB SHOULD BE VOTED THE PERSON LEAST LIKELY TO COME DOWN OFF THE TOWER)-WE WERE READ THE RIOT ACT AND LET GO. THAT WAS MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE NASSAU COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER AS WE WENT THERE TO BAIL HIM OUT. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT SOME DAY I WOULD WORK THERE RISING TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT AND BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPT. UNION.
SEVERAL YEARS AFTER WE BAILED OUT BOB, WE ALSO BAILED OUT BILLY FLYNN SO HE COULD PLAY FOOTBALL WITH US ON OUR TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM, MADE UP ENTIRELY OF PLAYERS FROM DIVISION AVE. HIGH SCHOOL. THIS TEAM WAS AWESOME, AND WE DOMINATED THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD TWO HAND TOUCH FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR A COUPLE OF DECADES, WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TWICE IN I973 AND I975.
IN 1973, WE WON THE “TRIPLE CROWN”-THAT BEING THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE GLEN COVE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. IT IS HARD FOR SOME TO BELIEVE THAT WE WENT THE ENTIRE SEASON IN THE GLEN COVE LEAGUE UNDEFEATED AND UNSCORED UPON, BUT WE DID AND I HAVE THE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS TO PROVE IT.
ANOTHER MEMORY OF GROWING UP IN LEVITTOWN DEALS WITH THE “ROCKS” AS THEY WERE REFERRED TO. ONE DAY AFTER WRESTLING PRACTICE TOBY RUTNER AND I WERE WALKING HOME, GOING SOUTH ON DIVISION AVENUE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STREET, WHEN WE WERE JUMPED FROM BEHIND BY TWO OF THE “ROCKS”. TOBY AND I FLIPPED THEM OVER OUR SHOULDERS AND ONTO THE SIDEWALK AND GRASS IN FRONT OF US. I COULDN’T TELL YOU WHICH TWO THEY WERE AT THIS POINT IN MY MEMORY. HOWEVER, I CAN TELL YOU THEY GOT UP SLOWLY AND SLIGHTLY BRUISED WITH A LOOK OF SURPRISE AND EMBARRASSMENT AND SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT..."HOW YOU DOING, WE WERE ONLY KIDDING AROUND." AND THAT WAS THAT.